MBA 540 Final Exam
1. (10 pts.) Discuss
how organizational architecture and corporate culture are related. Use an
example of a real-life firm and discuss how its corporate culture blends with
its organizational architecture.
2. (10 pts.) Billy Riggan is in
charge of all technical developments at Always Round Tire. He makes all the
choices concerning product innovations in the company. He finds that he is
overworked and that several of his research scientists seem to be spending work
hours playing tennis. What is going on?
(10 pts.) Always Round Tire tries to base its promotions on seniority (where
education and training requirements are not necessary). The company finds that
this system seems to work most of the time with shop floor supervisors and team
managers. But the system breaks down for higher-level positions. Why?
4. (10 pts.) Economists
believe the free rider problem is very important in complex business
organizational structures. Still, businesses continue to build teams to solve
problems or to deliver products to consumers. Often special rewards or bonuses
are provided to the team rather than to the individuals on the team. Write a
brief essay that either defends the economists’ concern or explain why
economists are wrong on this issue.
5. (10 pts.) Many firms today use 360-degree performance evaluations.
Make a case for this type of evaluation based
on the informativeness principle. What problems may be encountered from implementation
of such a system?
6. (10 pts.) Reflecting on what you have learned in this
course, discuss the relevance of Responsible Stewardship in the context of
economic analysis and organizational architecture.